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Finding the perfect haircut can be daunting. There are an endless amount of questions to consider like, should you go trendy? Classic? Bold? And most importantly: will the cut look good on you?
When trying to determine whether or not a cut will flatter your face, the first thing to consider is your face shape. Each face shape comes with its own set of obstacles, but round faces are often particularly tricky. While round faces tend to have a cherubic appeal, a bad haircut can make anyone look less than angelic. People with round faces have the tendency to look younger than they actually are, which is great but often makes it harder to look as sophisticated and chic as they’d like.
To help us figure out the greatest haircuts for round faces, we spoke with Lauren Sill, Shu Art of Hair artistic principal and creative director of Luxelab LA. Sill helped us choose five perfect haircuts that will flatter anyone with a round face
Figuring out your face shape is always a lot harder than it sounds, but it doesn’t have to be. Sill revealed that while many women assume their face is round, this is how to know for sure:
A face is considered round if the width all the way around is fairly even and full
As a general rule, when trying to decide which haircut is perfect for you think about your favorite facial feature and choose a cut that highlights it. “I generally like to highlight whatever I find beautiful about someone,” Sill explained. “So if she has great eyes, maybe a soft side swept fringe to accentuate them.”
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Long locks are flattering on every face shape, but they’re particularly lovely on ladies with round faces. Unfortunately, not all princess-like hair is created equal. If your hair is lacking body and volume, it’s probably time to step up your style game.
When your hair falls flat, lying against your face, it brings attention to the shape of your face instead of your gorgeous strands. Ask your stylist to cut a few face-framing layers to elevate your look. “If their hair is long I just make sure it is layered enough at the crown and around the face, and then style it with volume,” Sill said.
If you like the face slimming effect of long locks but aren’t interested in actually having long hair, an A-line bob is perfect for you. An A-line bob is Sill’s go-to haircut when styling ladies with short hair. “I generally suggest an A-line shape if their hair is short in order to elongate their face,” she explained.
Ask your stylist to allow the hair framing your face to hit just at your jawline and go as short as you’d like in the back.
If you’re already satisfied with the length and shape of your hair but are looking for a styling solution to give the illusion of a slimmer face, consider bangs. “I love a side fringe to give a little diagonal stretch to the face,” Sill remarked when asked what bangs are perfect for women with round faces.
While blunt bangs have the tendency to make your face look a little short and squat, side swept bangs move the eyes diagonally across your face. The angled fringe makes your face appear longer and therefore thinner.
If you’re looking for a super trendy cut, a blunt lob is perfect for you. Many women with round faces tend to steer clear of cuts with harsh lines for fear that it’ll bring attention to the fullness of their faces, but Sill has the perfect solution. “Just angle the blunt perimeter into an A-line, so it doesn't stack out sideways and increase width.”
Opting for a lob instead of a bob allows you to keep the face framing length that flatters your face, while still slaying the popular cut. “A layered, piecey lob with a little bit of an A-line will be short enough to get a lot of volume, and still elongate the face a bit,” Sill explained.
Many women with round faces rely on long locks to give the illusion of a slimmer face, but some short styles are seriously flattering. If you’re looking to go super short, consider a tapered pixie with lots of texture, “I like wispy layers that aren't too heavy for someone with a round face,” Sill said.
The golden rule of haircuts for round faces, is to remember you should have longer pieces that fall onto your face to lengthen your cheeks. Even though a pixie cut removes most of your length, you can still adhere to the golden rule, “The key is to keep more length in the front and add some soft layers,” Sill explained. Ask your stylist for longer, piecey bangs to frame your face and taper the sides of your hair above your ears to bring attention to the peaks of your cheekbones for a very slimming effect.
“I would never cut a square, super short blunt bob on someone really round because it would draw the eye right to the fullest part of the face,” Sill replies when asked what haircuts people with round faces should avoid.
That being said, just because a haircut highlights the fullest part of your face, doesn’t mean you can’t absolutely slay the style. “Well, never say never,” Sill continued. “Some people are dead set on things that shouldn't work on them, but just somehow do. Confidence is sexier than the ‘perfect’ face shape.”
Whether you decide on a classic A-line, trendy lob, or an unconventional square bob, Sill recommends styling your hair with lots of volume, “so it doesn't look flat next to a fuller face.”
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